Swaddle SO easy
If you’ve had a baby and stayed in a hospital, chances are you’ve marveled at the nurses’ aptitude for swaddling. Babies usually spend the first days of their lives wrapped up tight, courtesy of the nurses. Then, you get home and despite having paid attention to frequent demonstrations (in the midst of post-partum haziness), you discover that swaddling is quite a bit like origami, and it takes a lot of practice to get it right. So you try harder. And you notice that your baby sleeps really well when she’s swaddled, but she inevitably breaks loose and wakes up. As it turns out, swaddling offers excellent protection against a baby’s startle reflex, which, aside from hunger, is the most likely suspect when an infant wakes. Swaddle blankets have become increasingly popular, and the designs continue to improve. The newest option is the Swaddleaze, which is a clever and elegant solution that is so incredibly obvious that many parents will mutter (like my husband did), “Now why didn’t I think of that?” Basically, it’s a super-soft sleep sack with an extra flap of fabric that can be wrapped around the baby’s arms and fastened in back with a wide strip of velcro to create a snug swaddle. Or, for babies who have outgrown a full swaddle, and prefer to have their arms out, just wrap the extra flap around the baby’s torso and use it as a sleep sack. The Swaddleaze was developed by Heather Allard, a mother of two. Her company, 2 Virtues, is named after her daughters, Hope and Grace. I’ve heard some rave reviews of this product, and I’m excited that we will be the first store in Massachusetts to carry it.